The AP is reporting that Venezuela has banned Coke Zero because the company allegedly didn’t declare a potentially harmful artificial sweetener when it “received its initial health permit to begin selling the product in April.”
The AP says:
The U.S. prohibits the use of cyclamates in human food because of health safety concerns. Sales of Coca-Cola Zero elsewhere in Latin America have met with resistance over the sweetener’s use.
But Rosy Alvarez, a spokeswoman for Coca-Cola Servicios de Venezuela, told The Associated Press on Thursday that Coca-Cola Zero sold in Venezuela uses other artificial sweeteners.
“No ingredient of Coca-Cola Zero is harmful to peoples’ health,” she said
The Venezuelan government says that tests show Coke Zero contains the sweetener.
Venezuela Bans Coca-Cola [MyFoxAtlanta]